Inspired by the movie Enchanted, I made the Giselle dress for Ada to wear on Halloween. For the past few days I've been away from the blog, and swimming in a sea of tulle, dupioni silk, duchess satin, organza, ribbon, and lacy trims.
This was my first attempt at an elaborate dress (or any dress, for that matter!), and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Okay, really--I'm so happy with it that I'm practically jumping up and down. Here are some of the highlights:
I used this pattern from Simplicity--8953. I modified it a bit by incorporating a flouncy slip with tulle, and puffy sleeves. Oh, and a butterfly on the top of the bodice!
Ada's big requirements were the puffy sleeves, lots of poof in the skirt, and embellishments. My requirements were that it fits, has nice details (including lining and clean seams), and is modest enough for a seven-year old.
Here are the results, with some closeup shots to show what I'm talking about.
Here are the sleeves. This was an entirely new thing for me to try, so I had my fingers crossed the whole time I put it together. Because I wasn't certain of how to sew the lining with the sleeves, I made the sleeves separately and lined them on their own, sort of as you would a pillowcase. I hand-stitched them to the finished armholes on the dress after I had lined the bodice. I loved how these turned out--by happy accident, I got to include an extra ruffle as I sewed them to the bodice, and the finished edges look really nice together. It's a detail I would repeat again.
I used duchess satin on these (it seems to be what Giselle actually wore in the movie), and they have a lovely drape and sheen. I edged them with ribbon, lace, and beaded rosette trims. Look how they all come together on the edge of the skirt.
The collar: Again, I used the beaded rosette trim for the collar trim, which accents the silk piping edge that's between the lining and the outer layer.
The lining. I don't know if there is a reason clothing doesn't have beautiful lining. I chanced it and used a pretty white-on-white cotton print for the inside of the bodice. I really like the way this came out!
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